Kicking Blood

Altered States

Robbie (Luke Bilyk) and Anna (Alanna Bale) cross paths courtesy of a "meet macabre:" he’s a despondent alcoholic in desperate need of a drink, while she’s a high-on-hemoglobin immortal who’s looking for her latest fix. Unexpectedly enchanted with his take-it-or-leave-it approach to life, a disarmed Anna stows Robbie away in her sanctuary so that he can sober up. In turn, she becomes determined to wane herself off blood so that she might truly live again. But her newfound nurturing instincts don’t sit well with her vampire brethren…

Operating in the same vein as Larry Fessenden’s Habit and Abel Ferrera’s The Addiction, Blaine Thurier’s latest idiosyncratic genre piece explores the more metaphorical elements of vampirism with considerable inventiveness and precisely the right measure of irreverence. Enigmatic and alluring, Bale is a revelation as Anna, proving equally compelling in instances of predatory hedonism ("I’m going to suck your blood and get high as f**k," she declares.) and existential freefall. Sensual and soulful, Kicking Blood reminds us that humanity can be a slippery concept.

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Blaine Thurier

Alanna Bale, Luke Bilyk, Benjamin Sutherland, Ella Farlinger, Vinessa Antoine, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Rosemary Dunsmore
Executive Producer David Aboussafy, John Bain, Dave Hudakoc, Danielle & David Henderson
Producer Jennifer Jonas
Screenwriter Blaine Thurier, Leonard Farlinger
Cinematographer Jonathon Cliff
Editor Matt Lyon
Production Design Sarah Furlotte
Music Justin Small & Ohad Benchetrit
Production Company New Real Films
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Canada 2021 80 min. Clip
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Blaine Thurier is a Vancouver-based writer and director. He was a founding member of the internationally celebrated rock band, The New Pornographers. Blaine’s feature films have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, and many others. His first feature film, Low Self-Esteem Girl (2000), won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW, and his short film Anxiety (2020) won several awards at international festivals. His videos for The New Pornographers have been celebrated in The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine.

Selected Filmography
Low Self-Esteem Girl (2000); A Gun to the Head (2009); Teen Lust (2014)